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Former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick before the German DFB Cup final against Bayern Munich in Berlin in May 2019. Photo: EPA

Manchester United announce Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, but visa issue delays arrival

  • German to take charge until end of the season, with club insisting former RB Leipzig boss ‘was our number one candidate’ to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Visa delay could keep Rangnick out of the dugout for Thursday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal, with Michael Carrick set to continue filling in

Manchester United announced on Monday they had appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old German joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development.

At the end of the season Rangnick will take on a consultancy role at Old Trafford for a further two years.

He takes over from first-team coach Michael Carrick, who has been in caretaker charge for two matches since Solskjaer was sacked just over a week ago following a poor run of results. Carrick will continue in charge until Rangnick secures a working visa, with United set to host Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday night.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo stands next to caretaker manager Michael Carrick (left) while waiting to be substituted onto the pitch during the Premier League match against Chelsea. Photo: EPA

“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching,” said United football director John Murtough.

The former RB Leipzig boss said he was excited to be joining United and focused on making it a successful season for the struggling club.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience,” Rangnick said. “All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

United are eighth in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea on Sunday.